The Union of Maine Visual Artists is issuing a call for artists to participate in a Draw-A-Thon Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. Snow date is Sunday, Jan. 22.

Participants will create graphically-strong images inspired by the Occupy movement. Some of the work will be photo-silkscreened at subsequent Print-a-thons and will appear in an April exhibit at Harlow Gallery. That exhibition, “OCCUPY ART! The Union of Maine Visual Artists in Action,” will capture the spirit and energy of grassroots political activism that began here in Maine prior to the Occupy movement, presenting creative arts activism at its best. The show will be on view at the Harlow April 6 through 28 with a public opening reception Friday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists has been holding Draw-A-Thons, Draw-Ins and Print-A-Thons in support of the Bring Our War $$ Home, a campaign coordinated with the Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space; Codepink Maine; Peace Action Maine; and Maine Veterans for Peace. Artists gathered in Bath and at Portland’s Space Gallery for two days of creativity produced more than 75 original drawings and created four different zines, which were distributed to state legislators as visual representations of what would be a better use of tax dollars. The group created art at the State House twice, even during the Maine Labor History Mural rally. At the Print-A-Thons in Gardiner, Portland and Unity College, they produced silk-screened posters and T-shirts bearing the imagery developed at the Draw-Ins and Draw-A-Thons.

“OCCUPY ART! The Union of Maine Visual Artists in Action” at the Harlow Gallery will display much of the art generated at these actions. It also will feature work by Rob Shetterly, Brian Reeves, Kenny Cole, Nora Tryon, Natasha Mayers and many other Union of Maine Visual Artists. Steve Burke of Warren will assist with the printing.

For more information or to sign up for the Draw-a-thon, contact Deb Fahy or Nancy Barron at 622-3813 or kvaa@harlowgallery.org; or visit harlowgallery.org. For information on UMVA, visit umvaonline.org; and to follow the art actions, visit mainedrawathon.blogspot.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.